MSU Mankato part of U.S. China Town Hall

Eighty locations across the country came together to discuss China, trade and how it impacts local economies.

  Holiday season drinks bring out creativity in baristas

  Rihm Kenworth adds a Mankato location

  Leasing talks in the works for North Riverfront Drive redevelopment project

  Southern Minnesota shoemaker hopes to inspire others to follow in her footsteps

  Bomgaars retail store launches with soft opening in Fairmont

  Shopko Optical opens new location

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Minnesota unemployment holds steady for October

  Hemp advocates express concerns over USDA Interim Production Rule

  Apprenticeship program helps students to earn while they learn

  Eagles Nest Day Care Center hoping to alleviate childcare shortage with reopening

  MGM sells out of limited edition Pabst Blue Ribbon packs in hours

  Revamped liquor store called: Wells Liquor Depot

  Three Mankato properties are moving along in the redevelopment process

According to the Mankato City Council, the properties will be used as commercial and residential buildings.

  Mount Kato announces plans to open two runs

Snow-making is in progress at Mount Kato, with plans to open two runs on Saturday, Nov. 16.

  Local nonprofits gear up for Give to the Max Day

Minnesota’s giving holiday, Give to the Max Day, is this Thursday and participating nonprofits in the Mankato community are already receiving donations.

Jackson Area Young Professionals helping businesses, foster connections between young professionals

The group’s purpose is to connect young professionals with others who also want to meet peers.

MCHC announces Lake Crystal Pharmacy will open in April 2020

Mankato Clinic Foundation awards $16,500 in grants to seven organizations

  ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign aims to help entrepreneurs, childhood professionals and more

  Waterville finds success in attracting businesses to downtown

SCC, SageGlass receive $391,256 grant for workforce development

Final 2 Iowa K-Mart stores to close

  Co-owner of The Refinery Boutique starting lifestyle magazine

The magazine, Refine and Unwind, will feature everything from fashion to food and skincare to marriage.

UMN Extension to host Fair Farm Rental Agreement workshop in Mankato

The workshop will be hosted by David Bau and Nathan Hulinsky, Ag Business Management educators at the University of Minnesota Extension.

  Hometown Business Connection: Sign Pro

Signs are all around us, telling us to stop or shop or learn more, inviting us in or keeping us out.

  Cara Bishop True Real Estate Team spends day feeding farmers

This is the third year the Cara Bishop True Real Estate Team has provided farmers with hot meals during the busiest times of the year.

RNDC receives national Impact Award of 2019 by NADO

MedTech Connect was created due to the developing need for a conceptual framework that inventories and supports medical manufacturing activities in south-central Minnesota.

  1 Million Cups celebrates two years in the Mankato area

1 Million Cups meets once a month in Mankato. The free program is designed to educate, engage and inspire generations of entrepreneurs.

  Windom sees job growth as cost of living remains low

According to DEED, southwest Minnesota’s cost of living is $10,000 lower than the state and almost $16,000 lower than the Twin Cities metro area.

Community and Seniors Together of New Ulm to host personal safety, banking presentation

New Ulm Police Officer Chris Davis and staff from SouthPoint Financial will discuss types of fraud the public, especially seniors, should be aware of.

Gislason & Hunter LLP announces addition of new lawyer to Mankato office

Courtney will focus on family law, intellectual property and trusts and estates, including estate planning.

  Greater Mankato Growth President, CEO discusses her first day on the job

Jessica Beyer of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. (GMG) joined KEYC News 12 to discuss her first day on the job.

  Waseca seeks companies to develop land

The Waseca Economic Development Authority is looking for companies to develop the land at the interchange of Highway 14 and State Highway 13.

Hilltop Florist partners with Partners for Affordable Housing for Hope in Bloom program

Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse announced that they will be partnering with Partners for Affordable Housing for their special Hope in Bloom bouquet for the month of November.

Casey’s General Store invites customers to support military families, veterans by rounding-up purchases

Customers of Casey’s General Store are invited to support Hope For The Warriors by rounding-up their purchases to the nearest dollar amount to support military families and veterans.

  Windom leads Minnesota in broadband development, infrastructure

Windom became the state’s first city to operate a municipal fiber-to-the-home network between 2004 and 2005.

  Snell Motors hosts a community business led Trick-or-Treating event

Families are gathering for some indoor trick or treating inside Snell Motors.

  Two local businesses join forces to bring new life to historic Waseca building

On the corner of State Street and Elm Avenue in Waseca, a historic building has witnessed the hustle and bustle of traffic since the late 1800s. That very building is now being given a few new breaths of fresh air.

  MCHS nurses cite workplace violence as contract talks stall

The nurses said Mayo informed Mankato members of the Minnesota Nurses Association that they only wanted to hear from the six negotiating members in the room.

  Bakery for sale uses innovative way to try to find a buyer

Laura Kicker and husband Larry, known by friends as Kick, opened Kick’s Bakery nearly 50 years ago on April 1, 1970.

Fairmont Elementary School to host “Putting STEAM into STEM” Expo

This event will include exhibits and hands-on activities that will raise awareness of the varied options in the real world available to children and young adults through the five areas of STEAM.

  Knutson + Casey raising money for Salvation Army with Run For Shelter 5k

Patrick Casey with Knutson + Casey joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to discuss their upcoming fundraiser to support the new Salvation Army shelter.

Dickinson County Recycling Center will soon have new operating hours

The Dickinson Recycling Center will be moving to its winter hours beginning Friday, Nov. 1.

  Farm Business Management Program in Minnesota stresses necessity of crunching the numbers

Farming by the numbers is crucial during tough market years and the cornerstone of agriculture education in Minnesota is Farm Business Management, a program that serves more than 5,000 farm families in the state annually.

  First tenants move into Eide Bailly Center

Managing partner and attorney Andrew Tatge says they’re excited to work in a collaborative space in a central location.

  Providing therapy and comfort with Balanced Blankets

Abbie Anderson with Balanced Blankets joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to chat about how their weighted blankets can be therapeutic for people of all ages.

Iowa Lakes Community College invites veterans to free business workshop

Attendees will learn about tools that will help connect with their local customers, how to promote special offers and grow their brand awareness.

  Belgrade Avenue developments get green light

The hot topic of developments on Belgrade Avenue officially reached answers.

  Wine Cafe owners sell after 16 years

The new owners say regulars can expect the same great music, food and wine the Baumanns have provided since 2003.

  Greater Mankato Growth announcing Hall of Fame honorees and SnowKato Days, a new 10-day winter festival

Patrick Baker with Greater Mankato Growth joined KEYC News 12 Midday to discuss the Greater Mankato Business Award and Hall of Fame honorees, as well as SnowKato Days coming up in January.

  Discussing “No Gender Justice Without Racial Justice” at this year’s Women’s Leadership Conference

Destiny Owens from the Mankato YWCA joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to discuss the upcoming Women's Leadership Conference.

  St. Peter unveils new gift shop on downtown street

Owner and founder Jill Hass developed the store name from her children Olivia and Tate.

Mining company idling operations at Kasota location

A company representative says the decision was made due to declining demand for its product and was announced Oct. 18.

  Dressing up in this year’s trending costumes at FUN.COM

KEYC News 12 This Morning visited FUN.COM to try on this season’s trendiest costumes.

  Paving on Commerce Drive nearly complete

Crews began final layer of asphalt from Roe Crest Drive to Lookout Drive.

  ‘Minnesota Business First Stop’ aims to help state business growth after tour

They stopped at places like hemp growing businesses, a bio-energy plant, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and more.

  Sen. Smith, Rep. Craig introduce workforce training legislation

'The 21st Century Workforce Partnerships Act' aims to help communities build partnerships to support students entering fields like manufacturing, health care and more.

  Mankato, North Mankato florists take over the streets for National Petal It Forward Day

This year, Becky’s Floral joined Drummers Garden Center & Floral for the nationwide event, gifting people two bouquets of flowers, one to keep and one to give away.

  Taylor Corp. hosts bean bag tournament finale as fundraising efforts for the United Way begin

Taylor Corp. have held company wide bean bag tournaments all month long.

  Senate Capital Investment Committee considers Henderson flood mitigation projects on bonding tour

The city is trying to complete two projects to help mitigate flooding on State Highway 93 and County Road 6.

UMN Extension to host Farm Transition and Estate Planning workshops

The 15-workshop program was designed to cover many aspects of the farm transition process, including family communications, farm goal setting, business structures, inheritance and transition, estate and gift taxes and retirement planning.

New Ulm businesses to host Halloween Hop

New Ulm businesses are opening their doors to Trick or Treaters from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, for a Halloween Hop.

Greater Mankato Area United Way now accepting Board of Directors applications

The position on the board is for the next term, which begins February 2020.

  Small Business Development Center receives substantial grant

The grant will allow them to continue the level of services they’ve been doing for the last decade.

  Mankato natives find national success with their snack bars

Nomi Snack Bars are a refrigerated snack bar with six (soon to be eight) delicious flavors.

  Xcel Energy working on Integrated Resource Plan

For consumers, the plan maps out the source of their home electricity and how much energy comes from coal, gas, wind and solar power.

  Her Happy Place settles into new home on Minnesota Avenue

Her Happy Place is now settling into its new location on Minnesota Avenue, and it has become one of at least fifteen businesses along the street owned by women.

DEED awards MSU-Mankato’s SBDC with grant to help small businesses

The grant fund will be used to provide assistance and facilitation in the growth and success of entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Mankato area.

Google launches $1 million Google.org Impact Challenge for Minnesota nonprofits

The Google Impact Challenge invites nonprofits throughout Minnesota to submit proposals for bold ideas to grow economic opportunities in their local communities.

  Design & Wine in North Mankato celebrating five years

Laura Doyen from Design & Wine joined KEYC News 12 Midday to discuss their upcoming 5th anniversary celebration.

  Greater Mankato Area United Way campaign goal update

Money from the campaign goes directly tow places in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca and Le Sueur Counties.

  Young professionals get chance to practice professional communication

In an effort to enhance those professional communication skills, Minnesota State University, Mankato is encouraging students to step out of their comfort zone for their annual internship and full-time career fair.

Ruck’s Meat Processing recalls cured smoked beef due to possible metal shavings

The Belle Plaine, Minn., company received a complaint from a consumer who found metal fragments in a piece of cured smoked beef.

  Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union spends bank holiday completing acts of kindness

In their annual Plus It Forward day, staff completed multiple acts of kindness.

Optivus Physical Therapy to host open house for community members

All open house attendees will be entered to win a FitBit Inspire and a gift card for Hy-Vee’s Simple Fix meal prep class, valued at $99.

  Janesville widow, mother of 5 brews up business dream

Kendra Hoehn, of Janesville, is known for wearing an apron and many hats in the community.

  Long-awaited Bridge Plaza development breaks ground

The Bridge Plaza is a five-story building with a total square footage of around 60,000 feet set to be located at 201 Riverfront Drive.

  Mankato, North Mankato City Center Marketplace analysis packed full of useful downtown statistics

Key information in the publication includes past projects to highlight the downtown area, vacancy rates and other various market reports.

  S.S. Boutique creates “Go Bags” for domestic violence victims

S.S. Boutique started nearly five years ago, giving back to the community by reducing waste and assisting caregivers by providing clothing and home goods to those in need at no cost.

Kaaren Grabianowski named MN River Builders Association Executive Director

Grabianowski’s appointment is effective as of Monday, Oct. 7.